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Simple 'for' loop question

Ben Jass
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This is an exercise out of the Head First Java 2nd Edition and I'm having trouble understanding the process of it.

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Every time the first for loop starts over, does the integer y get re-declared?
Ernest Friedman-Hill
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Yes. "y" exists only inside that inner "for" loop. As soon as that loop is through executing, it's as if "y" never existed. The next time around the outer loop, everything starts fresh, and you get a brand new copy of "y".

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Ben Jass
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Thanks for helping with the first question. Now here's my other (probably last one, for now). When the statement 'break;' occurs in the code above, which loop does it break out of? Why?
Christophe Verré

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break is used to get out of a for/while/do/switch loop. It gets out of the loop where the break lies in. In your example, it breaks from the for(int inner...) loop.

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Ben Jass
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I appreciate it guys.
Rob Spoor

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It is also possible to break out of the outer loop, but you'll need a labeled break.

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